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    How should I understand the underlined?

    Dear all,

    How should I understand the underlined?

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    Eartha

    Meanwhile, the biggest dangers lie in an area that politicians barely mention: the labour market. The recent decline in the jobless rate has been misleading, the result of a surprisingly small growth in the workforce (as discouraged workers drop out) as much as fast job creation. A stubborn 46% of America’s jobless, some 6m people, have been out of work for more than six months. The weakness of the recovery is mostly to blame, but there are signs that America may be developing a distinctly European disease: structural unemployment.

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    In the US it's a statistical thing. If you have been unemployed for a long enough time (your benefits run out), you are removed from the official roles of the "unemployed," whether you are still looking for work or not.

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    Are you entirely sure about that? If you are actively looking for work, even if you are not receiving benefits, are you sure that you're not counted?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    You are correct, I was misinformed.

    How the Government Measures Unemployment

    Persons are classified as unemployed if they do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the prior 4 weeks, and are currently available for work. Actively looking for work may consist of any of the following activities:

    Contacting:
    An employer directly or having a job interview
    A public or private employment agency
    Friends or relatives
    A school or university employment center
    Sending out resumes or filling out applications
    Placing or answering advertisements
    Checking union or professional registers
    Some other means of active job search

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    It is indeed saying that there are people who are no longer part of the count which results in misleading statistics about unemployment and the joblessness rate. This is why the author brings up structural unemployment. These people aren't looking for work any longer because they gave up. This creates (or rather intensifies) unemployment as inherent property of the system.

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    I fully understand that people who have given up looking for work are no longer counted. I was unsure that simply running out of benefit time, if still actively engaged in job hunting, took you out of the statistics.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: How should I understand the underlined?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I fully understand that people who have given up looking for work are no longer counted. I was unsure that simply running out of benefit time, if still actively engaged in job hunting, took you out of the statistics.
    If there's no way for the government to include you in the statistics, you're out of them. The benefits is one way of keeping track of unemployed. They could collect data from employment agencies. But essentially once you're out of the benefits system, it's very easy to lose track of you. Why that is the case is a political question and we shouldn't go there here!!

    To the OP:

    The author is saying that if the unemployment is going down, the workforce should be increasing proportionally. But it's not. Thus, there are people who simply (got) dropped out.

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